Scattering theory of cooling and heating in optomechanical systems

André Xuereb, Peter Domokos, János Asbóth, Peter Horak, Tim Freegarde

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We present a one-dimensional scattering theory which enables us to describe a wealth of effects arising from the coupling of the motional degree of freedom of scatterers to the electromagnetic field. Multiple scattering to all orders is taken into account. The theory is applied to describe the scheme of a Fabry-Perot resonator with one of its mirrors moving. The friction force, as well as the diffusion, acting on the moving mirror is derived. In the limit of a small reflection coefficient, the same model provides for the description of the mechanical effect of light on an atom moving in front of a mirror.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053810
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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